Okay, I have to admit I haven’t been 100% honest with you in my last post. In fact, volunteering and coursework (and Christmas shopping and buying tons of tickets for various trains…) were not the only things that kept me busy during these last weeks before Christmas break. I didn’t mention this during the selection process because I absolutely hate failure, and I wanted to make sure I got the job before saying anything… but now it is about time I write about a new experience I’ve embarked on.
Almost at the beginning of term I received an email from the University Student Recruitment Office, informing me of the opportunity of a job as Leicester Ambassador. After passing the first selection (through Application Form and Personal Statement) I had to take part in another selection process. This time I was put in groups with other candidates, while our skills/personality were being assessed by staff as we completed different tasks (mainly presentations and group discussions). After that I was offered a place as Ambassador, but still had to go through 2 different Training Session (3hour long!), before I could officially be signed up as an Ambassador. I will start working as soon as I come back from Christmas break.
The job involves representing the University in different contexts and events, such as Open Days, or UCAS Visit Days, or even Workshops held at schools. During Visit Days, my job will be to provide information for prospective students/parents/younger students/general public, and guide them through the campus and the accommodation facilities, talking about the University, what it has to offer, how it works, and similar things. During Workshop days I will talk to younger students about the possibility to go to university, trying to encourage them to pursue their goals and work towards their aspirations. So yeah, even more communication skills on board! 😉 It is a part-time role, there aren’t fixed shifts and so it doesn’t provide the wage of a more demanding job, but that really doesn’t matter! Actually, all the better, I get time off for the other tons of activities I have going, not to mention coursework, and I get paid to do something I enjoy, talking to people about things I’m passionate about. So yeah, as always, I’m slightly anxious about my first shift, but can’t wait to start 🙂
Oh, on a side note, guess who got her second First?! Oh yeah! And it was on the Qualitative Essay, the one I was kind of ranting about few posts ago. I’m just glad that went well, now I’m waiting to get a positive vibe from the second report (the group work one). Yep, still waiting. But it’s only a week left, so no matter what, everything will be over pretty soon! And yes, that is a quite comforting thought.